Fuel Up for Springtime Travel
Photographed by Elizabeth Roth
With warm weather rapidly approaching and those West Virginia back roads finally starting to thaw, I imagine our readers are itching to get outside, stretch their limbs, and rediscover some places in their own backyard. Taking day trips around the mountain state is the perfect way to spend the sunny afternoons to come, but with activities like hiking, climbing, camping, and shopping, you’ll definitely need some energy. Whether you’re heading down to Lewisburg or venturing into the panhandle, there is one thing every road trip needs: coffee.
Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, West Virginia’s locally owned cafés offer a wide variety of selections that include smoothies, teas, and pastries. Though each coffee shop has its own unique style, you can find something at all of these locations that caters to any taste preference.
Students and locals alike can be found meandering into The Blue Moose Café located in downtown Morgantown at the corner of Spruce and Walnut Street. Though Blue Moose prides itself as a coffee shop, it transforms into a townie favorite when evening falls. Local musicians perform every Wednesday at Open Mic Nite, while patrons can enjoy a wide selection of craft beer. Blue Moose also provides a variety of breakfast and lunch menu items.248 Walnut Street, Morgantown, 304.292.8999, thebluemoosecafe.com/homepage.htm
The Wild Bean
The Wild Bean is planted in the heart of West Virginia’s “Coolest Small Town.” This café opened in Lewisburg in the spring of 2006 and has quickly become a local staple. The Wild Bean not only provides its patrons with espresso beverages, but also offers an extensive breakfast and lunch menu.119 E Washington Street, Lewisburg, 304.645.3738, thewildbrew.com
While in the capitol city, be sure to swing by Moxxee, conveniently located on Morris Street. Stainless steel furniture, iPads, and flat screen televisions are just a few things found around this modern café. Specializing in coffees from around the world—and known locally for their “Wall o’ Tea”—Moxxee has something for everyone, including cupcakes from a local bakery. Check out their Facebook page to learn more and order online.301 Morris Street, Charleston, 304.807.9338, facebook.com/moxxeecoffee
If you’re looking for something outside the norm, look no further than The Lost Dog Café located in Shepherdstown. This wacky coffee shop definitely does not lack in creativity or caffeine. With espresso shot glasses in the shape of skulls and baristas covered in tattoos instead of green aprons, The Lost Dog Café is clearly a one-of-a-kind, must see road trip stop. Walls lined with creative art, extensive beverage menus, and unique coffee blends are just some of the key ingredients found at The Lost Dog Café. Be sure to drop in when traveling in the eastern panhandle.134 East German Street, Shepherdstown, 304.876.0871, lostdogcoffee.com
Another coffee shop that transforms into a bar when the sun sets is TipTop, located on East Avenue in Thomas. Formerly known as HypnoCoffee in Davis, TipTop offers a little bit of everything. From wine and handcrafted cocktails to smoothies and a line of espresso beverages, there is something for everyone at this small town café. Local artwork from a variety of artists lines the walls of this eclectic coffee shop.East Avenue, Thomas, 304.463.4455, facebook.com/TipTopThomas